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Report: Rick Brunson arrested for alleged sexual assault

Illinois Class 4A Basketball

Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson (15) cheers on his team as they play Edwardsville for the Illinois Class 4A third place game in Peoria, Ill., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)


Rick Brunson was arrested in Chicago on June 25th after being accused of a sexual assault at a fitness center. The news was first reported by Matt Breen of

From the report:

According to a Vernon Hills (Ill.) police report, Brunson grabbed an employee of Lifetime Fitness and was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, and third-degree aggravated battery.

So who is Rick Brunson?

Well, that’s where this story gets a bit interesting.

One of the hottest rumors on the recruiting trail this spring was that Brunson was on his way to becoming an assistant coach at Temple, where he played his college ball under John Chaney. He’s coached at the collegiate and the professional level, most recently with the Charlotte Bobcats, but what makes him such an intriguing target is his son.

Jalen Brunson is one of the top point guards in the Class of 2015 and a top 15 player nationally. Brunson would be hired as a fulltime assistant coach, meaning that he would be able to recruit and that his son would be allowed to join the program. Package deals are only allowed if a team is willing to use one of their three assistant spots on the deal.

Will this arrest cost Rick a job at Temple if that means it will also cost the Owls their shot at landing Jalen?